Every year in London, Crufts organizes the biggest canine event in the world. At the same time an auction is held at Bonham’s for dog lovers who collect items relating to dogs. Dealers come from all over the country to buy and sell. And some bargaining can be really good. A few editions ago, for example, a model of a St. Bernard in zinc, made in 1880, was sold for 3,000 dollars.
The most enthusiastic dog lovers have, indeed, dog-shaped handles installed on their front doors. Not only, some door bells bark instead of ringing. For collectors of objects depicting dogs there is something for everyone. Victorian bowls decorated with collies, diamond brooches in the shape of fox terriers, mugs and cups with pictures of poodleson them. Dogs, already seen in mosaics by the Greeks and Romans, became a fashionable subject among artists in the second half of the nineteenth century. The request came from British and French high society. More and more people wanted to see their beloved pets in everyday objects.
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Meissen, the German porcelain firm, started producing pipes in the shape of a sheepdog. Some of these in good condition can be worth at least 5,000 dollars today. Many other porcelain manufacturers, including Royal Doulton, followed. In the meantime firms such as Kandler and Reinicke created small ceramic bulldogs, now very rare. As for bronzes, an eighteenth century bronze dog 13 cm high is quoted at 1,000 dollars. Whereas 2,000 dollars is the asking price for a model by Alfred Bayrem of a hunting pointer 25 cm. high.
Brooches with a dog motif are much sought after, especially if made of precious materials. Also popular are those made in red or black bakelite in the shape of spaniels or cockers. Any amount of objects can feature dogs, such as pinsand lamps. Fabrics, purses and puzzles have also been decorated with dogs. And don’t let’s forget the dozens of books and advertisements on the subject.
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Dogs in cartoons
To focus on dogs in cartoons, there are plenty of choices. Such as Snoopy, Goofy and Huckleberry Hound. Not to mention Marmaduke, Pluto and Scooby Doo. If you are lucky enough to have saved your Snoopy phone from the mid-1970s, you might be able to sell it today for 75 dollars.
To conclude with a curiosity
The collar that belonged to Lord Byron’s dog, a much loved Newfoundland called Boatswain, has been valued at 3,000 dollars. Byron called the dog his ‘firmest friend’. However, Byron also had a cruel side: he put his dog into dog fights. During one of these fights the dog conracted rabies, and died in 1808.
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